Discover Pass: The Gift of Washington’s Great Outdoors

What’s your favorite Washington State Park? For me, picking a favorite is nearly impossible. So I must be allowed a few favorites. For family camping and kayaking, I like Penrose Point State Park on the shores of Puget Sound in Kitsap County. The park has over two miles of saltwater shoreline backdropped by forest. For scenery and a […]

Rustic Retreats in Washington

Who says “camping” can’t be comfortable? Here are a bunch of affordable rustic retreats in Washington state, all managed by public land agencies. Some are light-filled yurts near a beach, while others are historic cabins in the woods. All are rent-able year-round. They’re even heated in colder months so you can stay toasty warm while you’re inside […]

Cama Beach Cabin Practicalities

My overall impression of the cabins at Cama Beach State Park? They live up to the hype. This is an incredible escape during the off-season months.

Washington State Parks on the Chopping Block

NOTE: This article was published in March 2009. UPDATE June 26, 2013: Washington State Parks is now funded in part by a user fee, the Discover Pass. However, state funding is a critical piece of the pie and is currently unstable again as the Washington State Legislature must pass a state budget by July 1 to […]

New Cabins on Camano Island

First, the really great news. On Camano Island, just 90 miles from Seattle and not requiring transport by ferry, sits a wonderful new waterfront Washington State Park set to make its debut June 21. And, it features the most charming waterfront cedar cabins. AND, they are one of the cheapest sleeps going! Practical Tips for […]

GO: The Yurts at Cape Disappointment

Update: Prices below have been updated for 2015. Where can you stay on the Washington state coast for under $70 a night? Ok, besides your tent! Cape Disappointment is a fabulous Washington State Park at the south end of the Long Beach Peninsula, situated where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Its location is […]